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Collections of art shared at major display

PUBLISHED: 09:54 04 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:54 04 October 2015

Scarves designed by Vera Neuman, as collected by contemporary artist Pae White, and one of the exhibits in 'Magnificent Obsessions; The Artists as Collector', which is being staged at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich until January 24 2016.

Scarves designed by Vera Neuman, as collected by contemporary artist Pae White, and one of the exhibits in 'Magnificent Obsessions; The Artists as Collector', which is being staged at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich until January 24 2016.

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Art lovers are being given the chance to share their private collections for a chance of getting them to appear in a major exhibition in the city.

A montage collection of 24 tropical birds, from Damien Hirst's Murderme collection, and exhibited as part of the current Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.A montage collection of 24 tropical birds, from Damien Hirst's Murderme collection, and exhibited as part of the current Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, pictured below, presents the extraordinary, personal collections of 10 major internationally renowned post-war and contemporary artists, juxtaposed with their individual art works.

Alongside art works by artists including Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, Damien Hirst and Edmund de Waal, the exhibition, which runs until January 24, features wonderful, diverse objects.

Cookie jars, model elephants, Punch and Judy puppets, glass eyes, Japanese netsuke (small miniature sculptures), stuffed birds and Soviet space dog memorabilia are among the items on view. But the Sainsbury Centre wants to hear from collectors of all ages, however extraordinary, large or small their collections are.

Claudia Milburn, curator, said: “We are interested to know what you collect and why? What does your collection mean to you? How did it all begin?”

Each week, a selection of images of the best collections will be selected to go on display in the Your Magnificent Collections gallery, and one collection will feature on the centre’s website as collection of the week.

To launch the project the Centre invited Norfolk-based artist Bruce Lacey, together with Norwich residents Ian and Rosie Johnson to share images of their magnificent collections.

Mr Lacey creates visionary works of art spanning sculpture, performance, robotic assemblages and music, while Mr and Mrs Johnson’s collections currently include Victorian glass domes, taxidermy, dolls, alpine bells, owl figures and religious plaster figures.

Collections can be shared by sending a picture and 50 words to scvaprojects@uea.ac.uk or visit http://tinyurl.com/yourmagnificentcollection for further details.

Have you got an arts story? Email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

How local beach inspired famous artist; more on Magnificent Obsessions in our Weekend magazine.

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